ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Travel and Places»
  • Visiting Africa»
  • Travel to Southern Africa

You know you're from South Africa if...

Updated on June 25, 2009

I love all things sociology. Along with forensics, it was my favorite coursework in college. How utterly fascinating other people are from other countries! I can't get enough of learning about other people and their cultures!

Recently I published my book which had a main character from South Africa. A couple days ago, I had contact on the internet with a South African who shared the following humorous tidbits with me~boy, it would have been nice to have had her around when I was writing that book!




*You call a bathing suit a "swimming costume".
*You call a traffic light a "robot".
*You call a pickup truck a "bakkie"
*You call a Barbeque a "Braai"
*The employees dance in front of the building to show how unhappy they are.
*You get cold easily. Anything below 16 degrees Celsius is Arctic weather.
*You can sing your national anthem in four languages, and you have no idea what it means in any of them.
*You know someone who knows someone who has met Nelson Mandela.
*You go to braai’s regularly, where you eat boerewors and swim, sometimes simultaneously.
*You produce a R100 note instead of your driver's licence when stopped by a traffic officer.
*You have to hire a security guard whenever you park your car.
*You know a taxi can move twice it's certified number of people in one trip.
*You know the rules of Rugby better than any referee
*To get free electricity you have to pay a connection fee of R750.
*More people vote in a local reality TV show than in a local election.
*"Now now" or "just now" can mean anything from a minute to a month.
*You continue to wait after a traffic light has turned to green to make way for taxis travelling in the opposite direction.
*Travelling at 120 km/h you're the slowest vehicle on the highway/freeway.
*You're genuinely and pleasantly surprised whenever you find your car parked where you left it.
*A bullet train is being introduced, but we can't fix potholes.
*You paint your car's registration on the roof.
*You have to take your own linen with you if you are admitted to a government hospital.
*Prisoners go on strike.
*You don't stop at a red traffic light, in case somebody hijacks your car.
*You consider it a good month if you only get mugged once.
*Rwandan refugees start leaving the country because the crime rate is too high.
*You consider a high crime rate as normal.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      SparklingJem 8 years ago

      Really enjoyed your hubs AsherKade. This is hilarious and mostly true but I have to agree with Tony, our country is still headed in the right direction. The problem is that while most Southern Hemisphere citizens recognise and appriciate the humour, many(not all) people from the the West will take this literally and use it to reinforce their ignorant beliefs about our country and continent. We've started a resistance movement to enlighten the West about Africa and clear up a few misconceptions. :)

    • AsherKade profile image

      AsherKade 8 years ago from Texas

      I wondered and lamented if I should write a hub page on other cultures because I didn't want to seem racist. No one kows really if I am white or black, brown or red, but they may still take an offense. However, because the "list" came from a South African, I figured it would be better received. I will post later on a "list" from TX or the South to make it all "even".

    • tonymac04 profile image

      Tony McGregor 8 years ago from South Africa

      As a South African I have seen this list and many like it and it is indeed amusing though not necessarily accurate - obviously exaggeration adds to the humour. I am a South African optimist in that I believe the country is still headed in the right direction and is struggling to overcome the centuries of racism and oppression which characterised it for so long. Things don't always run as smoothly as one would have liked and crime is indeed a problem.

      But the positives still far outweigh the negatives.

      As for knowing someone who knows someone who knows Mandela, that is a measure of how much uTata yeSizwe (the father of the nation) contributed to our lives. Indeed, I can go one better - my wife has actually shaken his hand!

      Love and peace from chilly but sunny South Africa


    • AsherKade profile image

      AsherKade 8 years ago from Texas

      thanks! Glad to make you laugh... Maybe someone can share a list of their social region's facts....

    • advisor4qb profile image

      advisor4qb 8 years ago from On New Footing

      that was funny

    • Eaglekiwi profile image

      Eaglekiwi 8 years ago from -Oceania

      Your list was hilarious!! maybe I have south african blood , no wait I know even more than the referee and the boks that must be make me Kiwi....( hope youre smiling) I dont really know more.....but hey we have irene van dyke, does that count ....smiles for miles....


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)